27 Of The Very Best Covent Garden Restaurants

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We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Covent Garden in 2018.

Whether you’re looking for innovative, world-class cooking, a romantic date spot, cuisines from around the world, or maybe just a brilliant burger, Covent Garden’s restaurants will have something to satisfy. Read on! [Photo: @jmez]

Fancy Covent Garden restaurants

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Native, a Covent Garden restaurant
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This little indie restaurant in the corner of colourful Neal Yard’s provides fresh, inventive cooking from from seasonal British ingredients. Visit while you can, as rumour has it they’ll be on the move before too long. 3 Neal’s Yard.

Clos Maggiore

Covent Garden restaurants Clos Maggiore
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The cosily flower-filled, mirror-lined dining room at Clos Maggiore makes it one of the most romantic restaurants in London. On the menu: fine French cooking, accompanied by a prize-winning wine list. 33 King Street.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Seven Dials Covent Garden
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This superb steak restaurant, one of five Hawksmoors in London, is reliably excellent, and the friendly staff here have the knack of making you feel right at home. The fun cocktail menu, with its ‘antifogmatics’ and ‘post-prandials’, is definitely worth enjoying too. 11 Langley Street.

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Parsons restaurant Covent Garden
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A new entrant to the Covent Garden restaurant scene, this little seafood spot has attracted glowing write-ups from critics, with ‘very English’ small plates of fishy genius. 39 Endell Street.

Lima Floral

Lima Floral Covent Garden
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Head here for a cheeky Peruvian: ultra-colourful dishes with plenty of ceviche, which is raw fish marinated in citrus. (And don’t miss the purple bread!) 14 Garrick Street.

Other great fine dining options

Best Covent Garden restaurants
Clockwise from top-left: Rules, The Ivy, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon London, Cafe Murano

Also worth considering: Rules, argued to be the oldest restaurant in London; The Ivy, an iconic dining spot long-favoured by celebs; L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Covent Garden, or Café Murano, from highly-regarded chef Angela Hartnett.

Barrafina Drury Lane serves up some of the best tapas in the city, but is all counter-seated; a good alternative is Opera Tavern, also delicious, but more relaxing.

Casual dining restaurants in Covent Garden

It’s not all white tablecloths and French wine lists in Covent Garden. For something quick and delicious, try one of these…

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Dishoom is a crowd-pleasing Indian restaurant in an elegant dining room, perfect for all occasions, including (surprisingly) breakfast, when their legendary bacon naan has cured many a hangover. Flat Iron is famous for its £10 steak (and cute little meat cleavers) while Polpo‘s ‘Venetian small plates’ are as shareable as they are delicious. Other options in the Covent Garden area include Mexican meals at Wahaca or hot bowls of noodles from Wagamama.

Vegetarian restaurants Covent Garden
Photos from top-left: Wild Food Cafe, Farmstand, Black Penny, byChloe

Vegetarians, vegans or those looking for a healthy option might like these plant-focused options: Wild Food Café‘s crispy dishes of mostly-raw veg, Farmstand‘s wholesome menu of seasonable produce, Black Penny‘s substantial, satisfying salads, or the ‘vegan junk food’ at NYC import byChloe.

Burger restaurants in Covent Garden
Clockwise from top-left: Shake Shack, Five Guys, Honest Burger, Meatmarket

The burger enthusiast is spoiled for choice. US chain Shake Shack has set up right in the piazza and is pretty good, while the (IMHO hugely overrated) Five Guys has a rival outpost on Long Acre. The superior choices, though, are either Meatmarket (tucked above the scruffy Jubilee Market off Tavistock Street) with their indulgent patties and classic McD’s-style burger sauce; or Honest Burger, a more comfortable place to eat where the burgers benefit from roast-inflected seasoning (the rosemary chips are great.) There’s also a ‘secret’ off-menu burger to try at the famous restaurant for thesps, Joe Allen‘s.

Covent Garden pizza restaurants
From top-left: Homeslice, Pizza Pilgrims, Rosso Pomodoro, Franco Manca

For pizza, top choice is the (usually very busy) Homeslice for giant 20″ sharing pizzas, while Pizza Pilgrims and Franco Manca hew closer to the Neopolitan tradition – think lovely sloppy sauce on sourdough bases. Rosso Pomodoro (update: temporarily closed) has a whole lot of seats and is worth popping-in on if you can’t get a table elsewhere.

 

Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.

1 comment

  1. LIving in Covent Garden for the last 2.5 years, i could say that those places are not the best (i agree that dishoom CG is very good)…(i will never understand why Hawksmoore is so popular….if you want good steak, MASH in soho is better).
    Barbary, Cantina laredo, Sibarita, Frog by Adam Handling…are some of the real nice restaurants..

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